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Update on School Referendum Restriction Package of Bills

stroebelSince our last post on the topic, most of the bills have been introduced and referred to standing committees.  For a brief description of each bill see that previous post or click on the bill links below to see the actual bill language. Each proposal but one has a Senate and Assembly bill listed. These are identical companion bills, a common tactic to allow for proposals to begin the legislative process in each house simultaneously.

Senate Bill 191/Assembly Bill 282 by Sen. Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville, pictured) & Rep. David Murphy (R-Greenville) – Limitations on when operating referenda and debt issuance referenda may be called. Continue reading Update on School Referendum Restriction Package of Bills

Governor Signs School Board Vacancies Bill Into Law

Governor Scott Walker signed Assembly Bill 325, relating to filling vacancies on a school board of a common, union high, or unified school district, into law as 2015 Wisconsin Act 63 last Friday (Oct. 23).

The new law requires school boards to adopt local policies on filling board vacancies and makes a temporary distinction between the Racine Unified School District and all other school districts with regard to how certain school board vacancies may be filled (see below).

Under current law, when a vacancy occurs on the school board of a common, union high school, or unified school district, the remaining school board members may fill the vacancy by appointment. Current law does not provide an alternative method for filling a vacancy and does not address how a vacancy is to be filled in the event that the remaining school board members do not make an appointment.

Assembly Bill 325, as amended, addresses this situation generally by requiring school boards of common, union high school, and unified districts to adopt a policy on how to fill board vacancies if members are unable to settle on a replacement within 60 days of the date on which the vacancy first exists. School boards must adopt such a policy by July 1, 2016.

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Bill Addressing School Board Vacancies Heads to Governor’s Desk

The state Senate gave final approval Tuesday (Oct. 20) to a bill (Assembly Bill 325) that requires school boards to adopt local policies on filling board vacancies and makes a temporary distinction between the Racine Unified School District and all other school districts with regard to how school board vacancies may be filled.  The bill cleared the state Assembly on Sept. 24.

Under current law, when a vacancy occurs on the school board of a common, union high school, or unified school district, the remaining school board members may fill the vacancy by appointment. Current law does not provide an alternative method for filling a vacancy and does not address how a vacancy is to be filled in the event that the remaining school board members do not make an appointment.

Assembly Bill 325, as amended, addresses this situation generally by requiring school boards of common, union high school, and unified districts to adopt a policy on how to fill board vacancies if members are unable to settle on a replacement within 60 days of the date on which the vacancy first exists. School boards must adopt such a policy by July 1, 2016.

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Education Committee Recommends Board Vacancies Bill to Full Senate

The Senate Committee on Education, chaired by state Senator Luther Olsen (R-Ripon), recommended  a bill (Senate Bill 244) regarding filling school board vacancies be passed by the full Senate.  The vote was 4-3 with GOP Senators supporting and Democrats opposing.  The Assembly companion bill (Assembly Bill 325) has already been approved by that house. Continue reading Education Committee Recommends Board Vacancies Bill to Full Senate

Legislation on Filling School Board Vacancies Changed Significantly

We posted previously on public hearings held on a pair of companion bills (Senate Bill 244 and Assembly Bill 325) that would allow the school board president to appoint a person to fill a vacancy on the school board if the remaining school board members do not fill the vacancy within 60 days of the date on which the vacancy first occurs.

Since the public hearings were held, the authors of the bills Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) and Rep. Tom Weatherston (R-Caledonia) have introduced a pair of companion substitute amendments to these bills that make significant changes.  Under the substitute amendments: Continue reading Legislation on Filling School Board Vacancies Changed Significantly